Almost 1300 soldiers (90 of them from the USA and Canada), over 120 military vehicles (both: new and historic ones) and 50 aircraft took part in the biggest military parade in years to mark Army Day in Warsaw. The President of Poland Bronisław Komorowski said that the violence in Ukraine showed us that military conflict in Europe is still a “brutal reality” and Poland must be able to defend itself.
Army Day is a national holiday in Poland celebrated on 15th August, marking the famous Polish victory over the Soviet Red Army in the 1920 battle of Warsaw, claimed to be The Eighteenth Decisive Battle of the World [Viscount D’Abernon, The Eighteenth Decisive Battle of the World: Warsaw, 1920 (1931)]. Polish forces were commanded by Józef Piłsudski, a Polish statesman, a Chief of State, and a leader of the Second Polish Republic. Estimated Russian losses were huge: over 10,000 killed, 66,000 taken prisoner, 500 missing, and 30,000 wounded (Polish losses: 4,500 killed, 10,000 missing, and 22,000 wounded). The Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin called it “an enormous defeat” of his army.